Story: Canterbury region

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Schoolhouse, Christ’s College

Christ’s College, a fee-paying school for boys, was founded by the Canterbury Association in 1850. It was modelled on famous English public schools such as Eton, and acquired a high reputation, attracting pupils from around New Zealand. Among its beautiful buildings is the first stone schoolhouse, shown here in the mid-19th century. It is now known as the Big School.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Social institutions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015